Google Glass to Soon Go Out to Next Rounds of Users

Glass recipients in the first wave were developers at last year's Google I/O, but now Google will begin shipping to regular folks who applied to try them.

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Google invited the general public back in February to submit their innovative, fun and cool ideas for how they would use Google Glass if they could put their hands on the eyewear-mounted computers. Now Google is getting ready to ship those devices out in waves to those whose ideas were approved—once they each pony up the $1,500 each set will cost.

"Over the next few weeks, we'll be slowly rolling out invitations to successful #ifihadglass applicants," the Glass team wrote in a May 22 post on the Glass Project's Google+ page. "If you were one of the successful applicants, please make sure you have +Project Glass in your Circles so we can send you a message."

Those winning applicants learned in March that they'd been selected to purchase one of the first 8,000 sets of Google Glass under the extended testing program. Since then, they have been waiting to hear news about when their Glass devices would arrive.

Here are some of the winning applicants and their proposals for using Google Glass:

Aida Malanovich, who proposed to use Glass to "capture moments that go by so fast that I wished my eyes were a camera."

Jim Pfaff, who said he wanted to use Glass to "experiment as the first congressional staffer to go live during the day showing more about life on Capitol Hill and in D.C."

Roselyn Baldevieso, who proposed to use Glass to "take crazy videos at all the music festivals I go to & I would use it to talk to people in their own languages."

Linda Barlow, who proposed, "So what if I'm in my 7th decade, I'd leap from a plane, land on a roof, zoom on a motorbike, rappel down a wall, and SMILE."

Shannon Rooney, who wants to use Glass to "travel to Japan and help my Grandma live her dream of going back to her homeland without her leaving the house. #ifihadglass I would meet family for the first time with her by my side and she would be able to experience the activities, sites and sounds of Japan again."

The applicants and all the rest will soon be hearing from Google about how they'll get their devices.

"We're thrilled to be moving into the next phase of our Explorer Program, and we hope to expand in the future," the Glass team post said. "Unfortunately, we aren't taking any more applications right now, but you can sign up here to stay informed.

The very first Google Glass preview units already began shipping in April to the developers who signed up at the original June 2012 Google I/O conference to buy an early set for $1,500 for testing and development. The Glass project was unveiled officially for the first time to developers at that event, where the eyewear-mounted computer was the hit of the conference.

As of May 21, those shipments to the I/O developers were completed, according to Google.

Each Google Glass device includes adjustable nose pads and a high-resolution display that Google said is the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away. The glasses also boast a built-in camera that takes 5-megapixel photos and video at 720p. Audio is delivered to the wearer through their bones, using a bone-conduction transducer that had been revealed in earlier reports.